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Judge finds probable cause in Hagerstown robbery case in which dog was shot

July 23, 2008

A judge ruled Tuesday there was probable cause to proceed with charges against a Hagerstown man in a June robbery that involved the shooting of a pit bull.

Randolph Thomas Johnson, 41, of 14554 Pennsylvania Ave., also known as Randolph McCray-Bey, faces seven felony counts in connection with the June 4 incident, including first-degree assault, armed robbery, robbery and use of a handgun in the commission of a felony, Washington County District Court records show.

Johnson also was charged with theft of more than $500, second-degree assault, carrying a handgun and mutilating an animal, according to court records.

Judge Ralph H. France II found probable cause for all the charges at a preliminary hearing Tuesday, despite an argument from public defender Andrea Chee-a-Tow that shooting the pit bull in the shoulder did not constitute mutilation.

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The dog did not die in the incident, Hagerstown Police Detective Tammy Jurado said.

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